February is a weird month being of short duration and yet full of fun Black History facts and holidays dedicated to former presidents. In the spirit of the month, we would like to share some wise words from The Queen herself (no… not Prince William’s mother).
We are referring to the Queen of Soul, Ms. Aretha Franklin:
“Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well.”
We must R-E-S-P-E-C-T and heed these words. Civic engagement is very important here at Kingsborough Community College because everyone should take an active interest in their communities. Not solely through volunteer work, but also through advocacy for important issues such as affordable housing, the climate, education initiatives (universal Pre-K anyone?), and laws surrounding food production. The Service-Learning Team has a natural bias towards service-learning because these projects provide students with opportunities to serve communities and a chance to engage in long-term conversations and action to get the needs of those communities met in a long-term sustainable way.
So the Queen has spoken and we have co-signed. If we have successfully got you interested in service, take a look at some available service projects:
- Neptune Family Services: Be a K-12 Tutor in an after-school setting or if you are bilingual, an ESL Tutor, helping parents learn and understand English, giving them the ability to navigate their children’s educational needs.
- For students interested in health-care related service projects, sign up for New York Methodist or Maimonides Medical Center. Both hospitals give volunteers the opportunity to interact with patients!
- Junior Achievement: Be a NYC Teacher for a Day. No prior experience required. Teach elementary school students about financial literacy. This project counts as one (1) Civic Engagement event.
- drawchange: Spend one (1) hour each Saturday assisting in art-therapy based workshops for children ages 4-8. The workshops focus on empowerment, creativity, and self-esteem. No art experience required, just a heart to serve!
That is just the tip of our program’s iceberg. Stop by C-102 to get information on these programs as well as others.
Don’t worry, we have a big Spring semester planned, so be sure to check back with us often for updates! “Jump To It” !